Several weeks ago, I went through boxes of belongings and started throwing memories away. With the upcoming planned move, the downsizing is taking place and things are being rid of.
In my post ‘The ball is rolling’, I wrote the following –
As you know, several garage sales took place last year and additional ones are on the calendar for March. With downsizing from a 3,800 sq. ft. home to a smaller one comes downsizing furniture and possessions. We have several large furniture items that we are willing to sell and not take with us, including a baby grand piano, 2 large wall units, a couple of bedroom sets, dining table sets, sofas, refrigerators and washer & dryer.
Then there are indoor live plants, nick-knacks, pictures, older television sets, clothes – you get the idea.
In today’s post, I write the following –
The boxes of memories needed to be reduced in size. There are those pictures of old relationships that are no longer needed and so they are thrown away. There are those certifications and awards from past jobs, past organizations that are no longer needed and so they are thrown away. All of these memories being thrown away are moments in time, but no longer relevant today. It makes no sense to hang on to them, the past memoires; they no longer serve a purpose, no longer needed and they are taking up space.
From theminimalists.com there is an article titled ‘Letting Go of Sentimental Items’ and includes the following excerpts –
I am not my stuff; we are more than our possessions.
Our memories are within us, not within our things.
Holding on to stuff imprisons us; letting go is freeing.
I don’t think sentimental items are bad, or evil, or that holding on to them is wrong; I think the danger of sentimental items (and sentimentality in general) is far more subtle. If you want to get rid of an item, but the only reason you are holding on to it is for sentimental reasons—and if it is weighing on you—then perhaps it’s time to get rid of it, perhaps it’s time to free yourself of the weight. That doesn’t mean you must get rid of everything, though.
Yes there are some sentimental items I am throwing away – memories of old relationships, memories of awards for dedication to my job and certifications received for my desire to learn and to grow. But it is time to let go, to move on and these items will no longer be with me physically, but the memories will stay within me forever.
As the process continued, I went from 4 boxes to 1 box, throwing many items away that no longer serve a purpose to hang on to.
These moments in time – no longer relevant – no longer needed – no purpose to keep them – throwing memories away.
Hallmark thinks differently –